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Woke up feeling quite hungry, as expected but couldn’t stop now, already starting to feel a bit lighter. So as usual first thing lemon and warn water to cleanse me from the night before and get my metabolism started.  Then yoga and meditation for about 40 minutes and then made my juice for the day. Here’s the recipe:

3 celery sticks

Handful of parsleyLemon

1 pear

2 handfuls of kale

1 inch ginger

½ lemon

1 kiwi

So what do the new ingredients parsley, pear and kiwi do for you?

Parsley: is one herb that is usually just used for garnishing food. It is rich in carotenoids, chlorophyll, calcium, Vitamins A, B, C and iron. Parsley is known for its blood-cleansing and healing properties. It is a strong diuretic, anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant. Parsley neutralizes toxins in your liver, inhibits abnormal cell growth (preventing tumours and cancers), and boosts the immune system.

Kiwis have similar properties to bananas, as well as contain vitamin E which helps improve skin radiance. They also help cleanse and energize our bodies.

Pears are an excellent source of soluble fibre and contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folic acid and niacin. They are also rich in copper, phosphorus and potassium. The high vitamin C and copper content act as good antioxidants that protect cells from damage by free radicals and are critical in building the immune system.

Towards the end of the second day, I started getting the sore gums. Not quite sure why this happens but it always does. Guess it’s the body’s way of letting you know it’s awake and responding to the detox!

Peace and Fabulous Health!

Serves 2 to 3

Need an awesome way to get you set up for the day? This smoothie will keep you energised and going for quite some time. We all know bananas are full of potassium and boost energy but not only that – they also contain vitamins B and C, beta- carotene, folic acid, magnesium and calcium which all help boost your immune system and lower cholesterol.

Kiwis also have similar properties to bananas, as well as contain vitamin E which helps improve skin radiance. They also help cleanse and energize our bodies.

Kale has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. It is packed full of fibre, vitamins A, C, E, K, B vitamins, copper, magnesium, iron, calcium and copper.

2 kiwis

2 handful of kale

Juice of 1 lime

1 banana

1 cup water

Place the lot in a blender or smoothie maker and blend. Add some ice instead of water if you prefer it cold. Enjoy!

Here’s a juice to help boost your iron levels the natural way! See my article on this topic posted on Oct 18 2011.

1 pink grapefruit

2 oranges

1 apple

2 beetroot

½ lime

Put all in a juicer or smoothie maker, blend all together and enjoy!

Now here’s how these ingredients will help boost your iron levels:

Pink grapefruit contain lycopene – the antioxidant found in tomatoes and some other red fruits like watermelon which neutralize free radicals in the body and help in the fight against the formation of cancer cells. Grapefruits reduce bad cholesterol, keeping arteries clean and lower insulin in the body which helps prevent weight gain.

Beetroot are a very good source of calcium, iron, Vitamins A and C and are an excellent source of folic acid. They are a very good for cleaning the bloodstream and cleansing the liver and kidneys. Also nature’s blood builder and strengthens the immune system.

Apple juice helps soothe the intestines and reduce constipation. It helps clean out harmful bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract. Apples contain vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. The pectin in apples forms a gel in the intestine that eliminates toxins.

Lime is high in vitamin C, they will support your liver, improve your absorption of minerals, promote weight loss, cleanse your blood, and alleviate indigestion.

Oranges are also high in vitamin C and help destroy free radicals that cause signs of aging. They also scour the intestines and flush toxins from the body.

Handful spinach/kale

Handful watercress

2 apples (golden delicious or royal gala)

Juice of 1 lemon

½ yellow bell pepper

Handful fresh parsley

1 cucumber

4 sticks celery

1 inch ginger

2 broccoli stems

Put all ingredients in a juicer or blender, juice and enjoy!

Here’s what they’ll do for you:

Cucumber: is a very good source of vitamins A and C, and folic acid. The skin is rich in fibre and a variety of minerals including magnesium and potassium. Cucumber is a top choice as a diuretic. It can help control constipation, stomach disorders and acne. The high water content, combined with its ability to balance acid, helps reduce disorders and ailments that may be a cause of over production of various acidic compounds.

Celery: is high in vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and C, and ample supply of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron and essential amino acids. Celery helps flush the body of excessive carbon dioxide and reduces acidity.

Lemon: is a powerful antiseptic and anti-microbial, which destroys bacteria in your mouth and intestines while clearing mucous build up. High in vitamin C, they will support your liver, improve your absorption of minerals, promote weight loss, cleanse your blood, and alleviate indigestion.

Even though they are acidic initially they have an alkalizing effect once entering the body. This alkalizing effect is thought by many health practitioners to heal cells and prevent disease.

Parsley: is one herb that is usually just used for garnishing food. It is rich in carotenoids, chlorophyll, calcium, Vitamins A, B, C and iron. Parsley is known for its blood-cleansing and healing properties. It is a strong diuretic, anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant. Parsley neutralizes toxins in your liver, inhibits abnormal cell growth (preventing tumours and cancers), and boosts the immune system.

There are two types of parsley – curly or flat Italian parsley which have the same healing properties. The Italian variety tends to have more flavour and best used in cooking with other strong flavours. Curly parsley can be more bitter.

Ginger: is high in antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger contains ginerol, a compound that is thought to relax blood vessels, stimulate blood flow and relieve pain. It is commonly used as a digestive aid and contains compounds that ease motion sickness and nausea. Ginger can also be used in treating the common cold by adding a few slices to hot water with lemon and honey; it helps to ease congestion and cleanses the body.

Watercress is packed full of minerals – sulphur, calcium, iron, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, chlorine, potassium and iodine. Excellent for cleansing the liver, reducing fluid retention and healthy kidney function.

Apple juice helps soothe the intestines and reduce constipation. It helps clean out harmful bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract. Apples contain vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. The pectin in apples forms a gel in the intestine that eliminates toxins.

Broccoli is a very powerful antioxidant which contains vitamins B and C, folic acid, beta-carotene, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and iodine. It’s very good for blood pressure and liver problems. Also helps to relieve constipation.

Spinach heals the lining of the digestive tract, improves vision and helps to maintain healthy blood vessels. Contains vitamins B, C, K, beta-carotene and folic acid. Very good for the skin and supports liver function.

Yellow bell pepper is packed full of vitamins B and C, beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. Good for cleansing the liver and intestines.

 

This recipe was given to me by a good friend of mine who’s just started on the healthy diet lifestyle. She found this on a website while doing more research into food. I tried it out and thought it was too yummy to keep it to myself! Here’s what you get out of it: Potassium, fibre, vitamins C, B, K, beta-carotene, magnesium, calcium, folic acid and iron – Most of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to kick-start your day!

1 banana

2 handful spinach

2 tbsp plain or greek yoghurt

½ lemon juice

1 celery stick

30ml water (add more water to your consistency)

Put all ingredients in a blender or smoothie maker and blend until smooth. ENJOY!!!


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